Toronto Power Plant

The Toronto Power Plant is a former coal combustion plant along the Ohio River in Toronto, Ohio. It consisted of seven generating units that were put into operation between 1925 and the 1940s.

The Toronto Power Plant was constructed by Ohio Edison and consisted of four generating units operated between 1925 and 1928. 1 Three additional units were constructed in the 1940s, which resulted in the construction of a 650-foot smokestack. 1 2

The four original units were taken out of service in 1970, and the remaining units were converted to burn tire pellets in an experiment in the 1990s. 1 The test proved ineffective, and the last three generating units were deactivated in 1993.

The Toronto Power Plant’s smokestack imploded on November 1, 2008, 1 2 and demolition progressed on the remainder of the facility into 2009.



  1. Giannamore, Paul. “Toronto Edison demolition set.” Herald-Star (Steubenville) 28 Oct. 2008. 30 Oct. 2008 Article.
  2. “Powerful demolition.” Herald-Star (Steubenville) 4 Nov. 2008. 4 Nov. 2008 Article.


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Cool pictures – these are fascinating places.

Regarding square rebar, it goes way back to the 19th and early 20th century as far as I can determine. I have seen it a number of times and sometimes it is twisted to make it “grip” the concrete better. Used to have a piece that was about 1 inch on a side.

That goes along with lots of other things like the old leaf spring contacts in large switches, the old types of armoured cable made before the advent of the single interlocked wrap design in use today, all kinds strange and varied wiring , devices, plumbing…..

I recently done a project on the old power house site an discovered some square rebar most people haven’t seen any square rebar

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